There are three (3) different varieties of Eucalyptus dives.
1/Eucalyptus dives, var.'C' which is the 'pharmaceutical' type whose composition is almost identical to that of Eucalyptus Australiana 'type.'
This oil is produced in sizable quantities in southeastern Australia & South Africa. The oil from Australia is usually sold as 'eucalyptus oil' and not as 'dives' variety since it is marketed as a pharmaceutical eucalyptus oil.
It is a colorless or pale yellow liquid whose odor is almost indistinguishable from that of the Eucalyptus Australiana 'type' oil.
2/However, what is usually marketed under the name of Eucalyptus Dives oil is the essential oil, steam distilled from the leaves of 2/Eucalyptus Dives, var 'A', or from the leaves of 3/Eucalyptus Dives 'type.'
3/Eucalyptus Dives contains a large amount of laevo-Piperitone. the balance of the oil will yield Phellandrene, another useful material in perfumery.
Properties of Constituents:
Piperitone: a ketone which is known to be antiasthmatic and herbicidal.
- Combined with Lemon Myrtle and Rosalina oils for a wonderful effect Breath Easy Blend.
- Used in combination with equal parts Tea Tree and Rosalina, E. dives makes a wonderful aromatic profusion blend for direct application to the chest and back of sufferers of chronic bronchitis or acute bronchial infection.
Eucalyptus dives may also have a good effect with respiratory infections. Mostly of the lower respiratory tract. Also, may be effective for clearing sinuses when used in a steam distillation.
It has been said that Eucalyptus dives is also calming and centering, causing one to take a deep, slow breaths it is also a bronchial dilator and has anti asthma applications.
Bush Sense by Mark A. Webb
Perfume & Flavor Materials of Natural Origins by Steffen Arctander